Recently County Executive Leggett celebrated the five-year anniversary of his 2007 Pedestrian Safety Initiative. This strategy provided a blueprint to improve pedestrian safety based on measurable actions. Since 2009, pedestrian collisions have decreased 12 percent, and the most severe collisions, those where pedestrians are incapacitated or killed, has declined 21 percent.
The Initiative outlined an approach to pedestrian and traffic safety that focused on education, enforcement and engineering. It significantly enhanced the County’s investments first, in educating motorists and pedestrians; second, in keeping enforcement efforts visible and intensive; and third, applying the most innovative road engineering designs. Most activities were focused on hotspots where data showed pedestrian collisions were highest.
The Initiative identified a set of strategies to reduce collisions. To view a summary of the County’s plan, go to our revamped pedestrian safety website.